Rafael Nadal will not think about tennis on Sunday night! The winner of 22 Majors will support his country in the Eurobasket final against France, as Spain chase the fourth title of the last six Eurobasket tournaments!
Rafa is back on the practice court following the US Open fourth round loss, hoping to compete in the Laver Cup next weekend. Nadal and his wife are expecting their first child, but he still wants to compete for the rest of the season and fight Carlos Alcaraz for world no.
1st place Nadal suffered an abdominal injury at Wimbledon and played just one match before the US Open. It wasn’t enough to build his form or remain competitive in his quest for the ATP throne. Rafa led the live ATP rankings before Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud overtook him and prevented him from becoming world number one.
1 at 36. The Spaniard failed to reach his 17th consecutive Major quarterfinal after falling to Frances Tiafoe in four sets in the fourth round. Rafa has won two major titles this season, placing second in the ATP Race behind her young compatriot.
Nadal suffered an abdominal injury at Wimbledon and withdrew before the semi-final. He arrived in New York without form and did not achieve a remarkable result and became number one in the world. 1 at 36!
Rafael Nadal will support Spain in the Eurobasket final.
Nadal kicked off his 16th US Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over world no.
198 Rinky Hijikata. The youngster delivered the only break of his in the first set for a surprising lead. The veteran shifted into a higher gear from set number two and advanced with five comeback games under his belt. Struggling to find a rhythm behind the initial shot, Nadal did not play well in the first 70 minutes against Fabio Fognini in the second round.
The Italian opened up a 6-2, 4-2 lead before the Spaniard took control and took 16 of the last 19 games in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 triumph! Rafa had no problems against Richard Gasquet, beating the Frenchman for the 18th time in as many meetings following a 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 win.
Seeking his 17th consecutive Major quarterfinal, Rafa faced Frances Tiafoe at Arthur Ashe Stadium. An inspired Tiafoe scored his first victory over Nadal in front of his fans. She posted a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph in three hours and 34 minutes for a place in the last eight.
Nadal lost the first set with just one break and played well in the second to take a return game and level the overall score. The American secured a break at 3-3 in the third set and held on with an ace in game 10 to finish and move closer to the finish line.
Nadal stayed competitive and took a break at 2-1 in the fourth set to increase his chances. Instead of taking advantage of that, Rafa played three straight loose service games and allowed Frances to ratchet off five games in a row and surge to the top in style.